ADD TO LISTKinshasa has some nice dining and dining, and a decent number of travelers making their way through Democratic Republic of the Congo stop by Kinshasa to check them out. The most popular attraction in Kinshasa is the Congo River. Take some time to explore this Kinshasa travel guide to find out more about what to see and do, as it could be worth a visit.
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If you decide to cross from Kinshasa to Brazza, be aware that: 1) you'll need different currency in Brazza, which uses the CFA Franc (FCFA) valid in various West & Central African countries. Kinshasa uses Congolese francs. 2) If you're planning to come back to Kin, you should check your entry visa for DRC - if it doesn't allow multiple entries, you'll have to pay for another one to get back because even though you're only going a couple of miles, and the 2 cities are almost one, you're leaving the country. 3) It's worth paying someone (trustworthy!) to go to the river port with your passport and get your Congo-B visa in advance, as it can be a long wait for one if you try to get it when you arrive at the port.
Kinshasa and Brazzaville (capital of Congo-B) are the 2 closest capital cities in the world. To cross between them you'll need a visa - and make sure your visa for the country you're leaving is valid for multiple entries, otherwise you'll have to get a new one to come back, too. To get across, the cheap option is the ferry, but it stands until it's full enough to go, and many of the places have minimal shade, so be prepared for a long wait and wear sunscreen! Alternatively, you can ride across in a speedboat as the only passenger - as of late 2007 this cost about GB£ 120.
This is, huh well, a very interesting place! You might be in a seemingly developped city of Africa, it is still Africa! Don't be fooled, be careful and enjoy the trip!
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